Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To see definitions for highlighted words…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Some important words in PEP Web articles are highlighted when you place your mouse pointer over them. Clicking on the words will display a definition from a psychoanalytic dictionary in a small window.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Guss Teicholz, J. (2019). Camus’ Absurdity and Psychoanalysis: A Return to “The Stranger” upon Reading Haber’s “Intimate Strangers”. Psychoanal. Self. Cxt., 14(4):367-375.

(2019). Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context, 14(4):367-375

Discussion

Camus’ Absurdity and Psychoanalysis: A Return to “The Stranger” upon Reading Haber’s “Intimate Strangers”

Judith Guss Teicholz, ED.D.

I begin with a not so empathic inquiry into Camus’ fictional character Mersault, examining the extent to which I think it is primarily the character’s Absurdist (and therefore amoral) philosophy that moves him to take another man’s life, or whether Mersault’s actions could also be understood in terms of a history of personal trauma and loss even though not spelled out in the novel itself. I then discuss the paper “Intimate Strangers” (published in this issue of the journal), the reading of which is what sent me back in 2019 to reconsider the 1942 Camus novel. I end with some thoughts about the relationship between Kohut’s theory and Absurdist philosophy plus some general musings about psychoanalysis, Camus and Mersault.

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.